Regis Rangers Split Weekend Games

DENVER, CO - The Regis Rangers (3-4) recently split their two-game set against the Western State College, Mountaineers (0-4) and the Ft. Lewis College, Skyhawks (2-4) during the final weekend of March.

The first game came against the Western State Mountaineers, where the Rangers finished on top 11-10 for their third win of the season. Throughout the game, the two teams battled back and forth and the Rangers found themselves ahead of the Mountaineers at halftime 4-3.

During the final quarter of the game, the Mountaineers seemed to have the upper hand by scoring four goals to push ahead of the Rangers 10-9 in the final minute of play. However, the Rangers scored two unanswered goals in the final seconds to solidify their win.

"This was the first time we've seen the guys battle-back like they did. It was a show of pride, confidence, and strength that we hope continues into the 2nd half of the season", Coach DeMarie said after the win.

Nixon led the team with four goals, including the game-winner and sophomore Ted Emery led the team in points, with two goals and three assists.

The final game of the weekend came against the FLC Skyhawks where Regis fell 10-8 in a hard fought affair.

Despite falling behind by four points early, the Rangers battled back to within-two but never again found their stride. Behind 6-4 at halftime, Regis knew the game wasn't over. The Rangers scored four more goals in the final two quarters but in the end it was not enough to overcome the Skyhawks.

"Compare this score with the 2010 result and it's obvious that RU Lax is on the rise", commented Coach Leach after the game, referring to the 24-6 loss to the same team in 2010. "We're putting in the time and effort, things are improving, and soon enough, we'll be winning these games."

The final game of the weekend was highlighted by senior goalie Stuyvie Pierrepont's 16 saves, freshman Morgan McDonnell's three goals and two assists, and Nixon's three goals and one assist.

But each of them would trade those individual stats for one more in the win-column, as junior midfielder TJ Nixon explained, "It was a personal best for me this weekend. Seven goals in two games, I'm really proud of that ... but beating Western State as well as Fort Lewis was the goal, and we fell short of that. More work needs to be done, and we're committed to that."

The Regis Rangers will take the field against the University of New Mexico Lobos for their next game Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 pm at the David A. Lorenz Regional Park in Littleton, Colorado. New Mexico, a new addition to the MCLA, is a Division I program that competes in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference. This will be the first time Regis has ever faced the Lobos.


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